Anna Duggar Responds to Josh Duggar's Molestation Charges

It must be tough to have your husband of seven years and the father of your three-and-a-half children accused of sexually molesting minors. So you better believe that Anna Duggar has some thoughts on the sexual molestation charges against her husband Josh.

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Anna is standing by her man. In a statement to PEOPLE magazine on Thursday, May 21, Josh said:

Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends ... I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.

According to police reports obtained by In Touch magazine, the five girls who Josh confessed to molesting while they slept included his own sisters. The acts occurred in 2002 and 2003, but it was never brought to light until December 2006, when the statute of limitations had run out.

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Anna, 26, has remained supportive of her 27-year-old hubby, and even sympathized with fans who may be shocked by his confession. She admitted that Josh had told her about his "past teenage mistakes" a full two years before he even proposed, so we have to give a girl credit for going in with her eyes wide open.

"I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock," she said. "When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was -- even every difficult past mistakes."

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Anna said she believes that Josh's life was truly changed through counseling and prayer. "He continued to do what he was taught. [I know] who Josh really is -- someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended," she said. "Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right."

Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle, 48, also issued a joint statement about the allegations against their eldest child.

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"Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives," they said. "When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before."

They continued, "Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God's kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us -- even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey -- the good times and the difficult times -- cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything."

Josh says that he lives with the regret of his actions every day. "I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions," he confessed. "I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption."

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I honestly don't know what the right answer in this situation is. I think it's crappy that Jim Bob and Michelle knew that Josh had molested some of their other children, but didn't contact the authorities. On the other hand, we don't know what they did to help the girls through it. It's just a totally messed up situation.

I will give Josh and Anna credit for one thing though -- he was honest with her before they even got seriously involved, so that she could judge his character and decide if she wanted to marry him based on the whole package, shady history and all. She must have seen something in him that showed her that he had truly changed ... let's just hope she was right.

Could you marry someone who had a history of sexual molestation as a teen?

 

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